Mindfulness vs Your Smartphone

It's no surprise that we have a smartphone crisis. We are becoming more and more addicted to our phones. Right now as I am writing this post- I have my phone right near me- choosing not to put it out of sight.  


Let's be honest: How many times have we pulled out our phones as soon as we wake up, when we are in line for coffee, waiting at a red light, or in between meetings looking for a quick break, and right before bed?


We so often fill our moments of pause with our phones. Our phones keep us plugged in- What's going on with that celebrity couple? What new in news? What happened at that event?  Our phones provide us with instant gratification and allow us to escape the present moment.  


Instead of pulling out our phones to do a scroll on social media lets try unplugging ourselves from our phones and practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. Living, experiencing and relishing the present moment. 


Let's practice allowing ourselves to be alone with out thoughts and emotions. When was the last time you sat alone with your thoughts and checked in with your emotions?  


Let's start today. Rather than using your phone during free time- check in with yourself. Ask yourself the following: How am I feeling today? Practice labeling your emotions, being aware of your surroundings, and intentionally focus on your breathing.  


It will be hard but worth it. Let's scale back our phone use and practice being present.